Home Health & Living Yuletide: NACA urges Nigerians to avoid unsafe sex during festivities

Yuletide: NACA urges Nigerians to avoid unsafe sex during festivities

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The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has urged Nigerians to engage in responsible and safe sexual behaviour during the festive season to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

NACA offered the advice on Tuesday in a press statement by its head of public relations and protocol, Toyin Aderibigbe.

The statement quoted the Director General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu, as warning that unsafe and unclean sexual activities could significantly heighten the risk of HIV transmission and other STIs.

“The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, and as we come together with loved ones, it is paramount that we prioritise our health and well-being.

“As we celebrate this festive season, let us make responsible choices in our intimate lives. By adopting and advocating for responsible sexual practices, we can collectively contribute to a healthier and happier community.

“Abstinence, maintaining faithfulness to your partner, and consistently using condoms are among the most effective measures to prevent the transmission of these infections”, Aliyu said.

He added that the agency remained committed to raising awareness and promoting preventive measures that would safeguard public health.

NACA is Nigeria’s primary agency responsible for the coordination and control of HIV/AIDS programmes with the mission to lead the national response to HIV/AIDS by providing strategic direction, support, and coordination to all stakeholders involved in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support efforts.

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